5:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
The Top 5 TV Stories for the Week of June 12
Welcome to This Week in TV. In a bid to help you prioritize among all the events, premieres, big episodes and finales, The Hollywood Reporter's eagle-eyed TV team every Monday will take a closer look at what to expect from the week ahead — and provide helpful links and context for each. Here's a handy primer for the events that will likely take over the headlines in the week ahead.
So You Think You Can Dance Gets Back to Basics, Monday, 8 p.m.
After mixing up the formula with last year's younger-skewing So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, the long-running Fox reality competition returns to its roots. In addition to restoring the original format, original judge Mary Murphy hops back on the tamale train alongside Nigel Lythgoe and new addition Vanessa Hudgens, fresh off her breakout turn on Grease Live.
The Handmaid's Tale Finishes Its Breakout First Season, Wednesday, midnight
After a truly breakout first season that catapulted the Hulu drama, and the entire streaming service, into the national conversation, the already renewed The Handmaid's Tale wraps its 10-episode first season Wednesday. "We do have a lot of threads out there when the finale ends," showrunner Bruce Miller told THR about the finale. "We have plenty of questions that need to be answered and plenty of people that we were worried about what their fate is going to be." Check back to Live Feed on Wednesday for a postmortem interview with Miller.
Blood Drive Kicks Into Gear, Syfy, 10 p.m.
Shortly after unveiling a brand refresh, the NBCUniversal cabler unveils its new grindhouse drama from Bates Motel exec producer David Straiton. The series is described as a "high-octane" story set in near-apocalyptic future Los Angeles.
Reign Abdicates the Throne, Friday, 9 p.m.
After four years, the period drama bids adieu. And while the series has taken some liberties with the history surrounding Mary, Queen of Scots, all eyes will be on Reign and precisely whether the royal will be beheaded. While The CW is known for dramatic twists and turns, a royal beheading would still mark new ground for the younger-skewing network.
Turn: Washington's Spies Starts Its Final Mission, Saturday, 9 p.m.
Moving ahead a few centuries, AMC will also close out its period drama with the fourth and final season premiere of the Revolutionary War-era series. As previewed by the tagline, the final 10 episodes will see Abraham Woodhull (Jamie Bell) and the Culper Ring "finish the fight" as the war for America's independence heats up. This season sees the series move to Saturdays for the first time.